Jake Bourdeau, better known as Jake B on the watch gatherings, has become the biggest name in the worldwide Seiko watch modding community. After the company author and Jake’s coach Noah Fuller (the maker of the Tsunami watch) passed on in 2011, Jake has made it his main goal to build on Noah’s legacy.
Right now his company Dagaz Watch Ltd. based in Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong is trying to setting up the arrival of the Typhoon, a cutting edge take on quite possibly the most famous plunge observes ever, the Seiko 6105-8110 . Fans have been quietly holding on to get their hands on a custom or Classic adaptation of the Typhoon since it was reported in fall of 2012. The watch ($650 on bracelet and $570 on rubber) utilizes a Seiko Instruments NE15 development, a non-branded 6R15 with hand-winding and hacking capabilities.
Besides selling a great many mod parts a month, Jake has built a privately-owned company (his better half and brother-in-law are his staff) that is presently ready to become quite possibly the most regarded miniature brands. In this meeting with worn&wound, Jake B dishes on his retail store plans and what the Classic Typhoon dial will look like.
worn&wound: Thanks for setting aside a few minutes for worn&wound. Are you acquainted with the site?
JB: Sure. Extraordinary site by the way.
w&w: Did you at any point believe that your business would be however big as it seems to be regarding making your own branded watches?
JB: It’s been the objective since before we lost Noah. Just it should play out contrastingly where Noah would have been accountable for the full creation watches, and myself responsible for the parts webstore. Presently, I take care of business all myself with the assistance of family. It’s a privately-owned company now. I’m truly glad to be understanding the objective though.
w&w: Do you have a different workshop away from your home?
JB: I have a workshop in my home, just as an office space at a modern building nearby. The territory where both are found have been referred to for a smidgen as a middle for the watch business for quite a long time. There are a ton of watch-related workplaces around here. Back when this was Hong Kong UK. The Timex processing plant was extremely near here.
w&w: Tell us about your retail store plans.
JB: The thought for the store is a coordinated presentation zone, requesting terminal, stockroom, and workshop. At the present time I’m searching for the correct space. Eventually it ought to incorporate a glassed-off corner space in a shopping center. Show region in the front with a computer terminal in front for requesting. In the back behind a divider a workshop, stock and delivery and pressing region. Individuals could come in and request which parts they need at the terminal, and afterward we pick the stock from the back and bundle it for them on the spot. Increasingly more I have individuals inside Hong Kong requesting to meet me. I need to quit meeting individuals at Starbucks.
w&w: That sounds incredible. Watch modding has come far. Would you be able to give our perusers some knowledge on the beginning of watch modding? How did everybody pick the SKX007 to build the most parts for?
JB: First, the SKX. The SKX is in an exceptional circumstance in the watch market. It’s top caliber, affordable, copious, simple to chip away at for beginners, uncomplicated – this lays a definitive stage for making custom parts that are useable in a scope of watches. At that point you can make them look basically any way you dream. Seiko is brilliant for modding. Standard dial size. Standard hand size.
w&w: How watched modding get on?
JB: Well, I believe that it’s a combination of reasons. I believe that there are sorts of individuals who mod their SKX. Some appreciate a costly watch that they have acknowledged they won’t bear, but the possibility of wearing a phony makes them debilitated. Along these lines, they can rather tweak a Seiko to appear to be like the more costly piece and have a similar vibe, for a couple hundred bucks. A few group are simply dependent on modding, and appreciate the inventive side. They love evaluating new combos constantly. Some need something explicit tones to commemorate their school or company and can’t find what they need at a reasonable cost, so they go the course of making it or asking me to. I think it claims to a man’s regular propensity to need to fiddle and to have something unique.
w&w: So would you be able to give me any figures that may demonstrate how big the Seiko modding community has gotten?
JB: We manage a few hundred watch lovers consistently. But it’s required a very long time to get to this point.
w&w: How did you and Noah transform modding into a real business?
JB: Just as normal gathering members to begin. We were Seiko fans more than all else. Both of us were on the old SCWF (Seiko & Citizen Watch Forum) since around 2004 or thereabouts. Noah came (to Hong Kong from Canada) and began the entire thing as a hobby in 2005 while he was instructing English. It just developed. Simultaneously, I was working a couple of jobs in Canada, and furthermore modding as a hobby as an afterthought. By 2009 Noah requested that I come stay with him to attempt to grow a genuine business out of it, and ideally extend to a watch company delivering our own line of watches. The Tsunami was the sensor project. Noah’s baby.
w&w: How did both of you meet? What’s your expert background?
JB: We met on the SCWF. I was beginning to mod watches, and he was at that point here (in Hong Kong). It began by me asking him counsel on modding and prompted us talking each day on Skype. My background? Before I came here, I was working at the mail center, at Lee Valley Tools stockroom, maintaining an exceptionally private venture called Dawn Of Time, and I set off for college for curve welding and was taking jobs where I could. To the extent watches, I’m completely self-educated. All things considered, a result of the community would be more exact. I’ve just been around quite a while. [laughs] All of my jobs however, were prompting this. Mailing station rises to delivery and client support. Lee Valley Tools approaches online request handling and stock association just as transportation. Welding approaches fragile handwork.
w&w: Now you have your own line of watches and right now you are chipping away at delivering quite possibly the most foreseen watches among jump watch devotees, the Typhoon. How have you been managing such strain to convey a watch that individuals have just paid stores immediately unseen?
JB: The production’s been a serious testing measure. I might have done it another way, and taken simpler courses, but I’m regarding the Typhoon as Noah’s inheritance, and I need it done a specific way. After the Tsunami, I anticipated some there may be a bit of a buzz, but actually the reaction is a lot more noteworthy than I’d anticipated.
w&w: What’s the business guide for Dagaz Watch Ltd.?
JB: The manner in which I plan on running the watch company side incorporates a Professional line of watches. These are not restricted edition, and are either tributes based on verifiable pieces, or my own plan, lodging a Miyota 9015. At that point, the opposite side is watches continuing in the Tsunami arrangement: tributes to the exemplary Seiko pieces built to present day specs, utilizing Seiko developments. These are not made as repros or duplicates of the first pieces. They’re present day understandings, offered in Classic design intently resembling the exemplary Seiko piece, just as custom pieces utilizing parts picked by the customer.
w&w: OK. I have an individual inquiry concerning the Typhoon. Will there be a no-date dial available like the prototype?
JB: Yes, absolutely. I’m a no-date fellow. That’s what I’ll be wearing, a no-date Classic The dial appears as though a cross between a Marinemaster dial and a 6105 dial, with no date, in the event that you can envision that.
w&w: Sweet. Anything you need to tell our perusers I didn’t ask you about?
JB: Sure. Model Cav-1 and date form are available at this point. Aurora and Thunderbolt are coming soon. Furthermore, because of the entirety of our eager companions and customers.
For more data and to arrange parts or watches, visit the Dagaz Watch Ltd. website at 10watches.com . additionally look at them on facebook
by Li Wang
images politeness of Jake B. /Dagaz Watches